The Netherlands – A fierce debate on possible amendments to the gambling regulations of the Netherlands caused a considerable uproar at the House of Representatives. This debate was held on the floor of the country’s House of Reps, and it saw several lawmakers support a set of new controls that could significantly affect the industry. Notably, among these regulations is a ban on gambling ads that are shown on TV before 9PM.
The regulations on ground at this time state that no betting ad would be shown at a specific time. The time such ads should not be shown is between 6 am and 7 pm. On the other hand, another motion was put forward during the plenary debate held at the house.
This debate held on the 17th of December, and it was very fierce. A section of the Reps believed that gambling has to be be brought in line with products like alcohol and tobacco. Alcohol is subject to a broadcast ad ban that starts from 6 am to 9 pm, and it has been approved.
According to reports gotten from iGaming Business, the representatives of the house also supported the motion to have the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) – a well renowned gambling regulator in the Netherlands – to enforce a ban of 2 years on any operator that does not comply with the prohibition against igaming. This ban would not be lifted except when the market officially opens.
Lawmakers of the country, on the other hand, have also made frantic calls to the federal government to begin the process of dialogue with the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA). The aim of this dialogue is to get a better idea regarding efforts that will make sure publishers for video games obey all laid down gambling laws.
Since the 20th of June 2018, the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has made sure there is a complete ban on loot boxes. This move has forced several developers of popular game titles – like football gaming giants Electronic Arts – who produce Fifa to adjust their games for the market. This was done so they would not run foul of the law.
From the look of things, there was serious fear among several companies in the industry about the two proposals. The choice was now in the hands of members of the house of reps to either allow growth in the sector or kill it. Apparently, the laws look too stringent, and it had the potential to stifle growth in the industry.
The first is a bid to have all forms of betting ads to be treated with the same measures used for tobacco products and alcohol products. The second proposal was a call to have the minimum age for betting raised. Luckily for those in the industry, both proposals were unanimously rejected.
A number of other proposals, such as offering the main Dutch sports governing bodies a veto on permitting betting on specific events, were not brought to a vote while the debate held.